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NIKON CORPORATION
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I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up by SofiaERamirez I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up by SofiaERamirez
Maverick's eyes have also opened :D

I'm thinking I might keep this one.. He's got a hell of a personality and he's a ham for the camera to boot xD



Maverick in a not-so-silly photo :love:

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About the lighting:

I don't have any lighting equipment and I can't afford any.. which sucks a bit because it's desperately needed :/ Anyway, I jimmy-rigged a desk lamp to be my portrait light.

I took a bowl, cut a hole in the bottom, lined it with foil, stuck the lightbulb through to the desk lamp and pretty much made my own portrait light that way...

Hey, it worked :shrug:

I had to adjust the white balance on my camera like 20 times. I couldn't figure out which way to go because it just didn't look right. I can't see blue or yellow, but my sister and I struggled with it.. trying to find a setting that didn't cast a blue or yellow/orange hue to my pictures, so thanks Sam :] I know you were getting close to punching me in the end xDD

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Since this photo is getting so much attention, I'd like to re-tell the story of these puppies.

3 weeks ago, we rescued a chihuahua bitch that was heavily pregnant and alarmingly emaciated. She was skin and bones and very very swollen with pups.

I was worried she wouldn't be able to deliver the pups in her state, and was prepared to have an emergency C-Section if need be. I began giving her high calorie supplements and high fat foods, as well as all the water she could drink. Typically, I'm against free-feeding, but she was in such bad condition, I let her eat as much as she wanted and continued to refill the bowl as it emptied.

Two days after we got her, she went into labor. Her first stage of labor lasted nearly 12 hours, which isn't unusual, nor is it anything to worry about.

5am on 15th February, the bitch delivered the twins, Romeo and Juliet, Maverick (the photo'd pup) and Steeler.
I spent the first week of their lives checking them every 20 minutes (even at night), checking the bitch's milk production (to ensure she wasn't developing mastitis) and making sure the pups stayed warm.

Romeo, Juliet, and Steeler are all very large now, but Maverick is still quite small as he's the runt.

Surprisingly, everyone is healthy, gaining weight, and very active.. the bitch included.

I find it upsetting that an owner can let their own animals starve. The owner claimed he didn't know she was pregnant and couldn't figure out why she was getting so fat when he hadn't changed how he was feeding her, so instead of taking her to the vet, he restricted the already small portions of food she was getting.

Please. Educate yourselves before purchasing or adopting a pet. You wouldn't buy a car without doing some research, would you? Cars last, on average, 7 years with one person. Dogs live on average, 12-14 years. Owning a dog is a commitment. Take the time to learn about your breeds, make sure you have the finances to provide for a pet, and please.. PLEASE spay and neuter your animals.

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To those who keep commenting on the fact that I refer to the puppies' dam as a "bitch", please understand that I'm using the term properly.

An intact, female dog is called a bitch in the breeding and showing world and I'm accustomed to calling them as such. It is in no way meant to be derogatory.
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soraXroxasXlove Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student General Artist
I wonder how the pups look now...
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132364 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How cute!
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Senecal Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
As a show of solidarity, "chihuahua bitch" is a term I'll try to work into conversations more often. So, hats off to you and ALL the chihuahua bitches.
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Senecal Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ha. I need a shot of insulin now.
Man that is something!

Nature selects for cuteness so we don't eat them.
hmmmm that did not sound the way I meant it.
I bet there is a Hallmark card for an occasion just like this.
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JadeLocket Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
ADORABLE!!!
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lifeintransit Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
What an amazingly adorable little puppy! And thank you for being the kind of person who will rescue and care for an abandoned animal. It breaks my heart that owners will refuse to fix their animals, and then abandon them when they get pregnant... or owners whom don't pay enough attention to their animals to not notice a change in their animals, or neglect to take their animals to the vet when they do notice a change. I just can't wrap my head around it. Anyway, sorry for the completely random rant - I always get so bent out of shape when I hear these kinds of stories (and unfortunately there are far too many) - but thank goodness for people like you who do their best to right the wrongs.
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lifeintransit Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
I pinned this photo before reading your front page - I will take it down, but please let me know if it would be alright to re-pin it, as I would love to be able to look at this little face all the time.
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leppaberrie Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconmonkeycuteplz: I just wanna hold him and scratch his belly!
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yasminapopovici Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*nose bleeding*He's too cute!!!!!!!!!!
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Piccoloxlover Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
*CRIES* TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE
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Every02 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is sooooooo cute <3
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CDawnPhotography Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So darn cute!!!! I love the pose you caught him in :XD: :squee:
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indestructibleangel Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my sister saw this..
siter *scream* omg its so cute fav it and show me more
after about 3 favs and 30 creams later.. me just lol'in at her screamming
sister: omg dont show me any more i might die
lol she was actualy crying they we so cut.. then she looked at our dog and said "you discust me"
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SofiaERamirez Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Aww, haha poor doggie </3 I'm sure he's cute, too :)

I'm glad you enjoyed the photos, though :)
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Microchii Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so much win in one picture! even the title is win!! GAWWWWWWD!!!!!!
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dreamwolf11 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Oh my goodness, so precious!! :D
:squee: :happydance: :woohoo: :la:
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maur1n Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
I adore you for having such big heart for animals^^
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ScooterBops Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
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dark-wifey Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
aw he needs a lil speech bubble that say ''rawr''
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sunnydelight18 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello!
Your photograph has been featured here :hug:
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WithinTheStars Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
<333333333333333 SO CUTE!!!!!
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bluediabolo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Simply adorable :iconbegplz: :iconwideeyesplz:
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comet72 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awww!!! :love:
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HaPpy-uNiCoRnZ Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
omg, my sick friend just said this to me in a really weird way....
anywayyyyyy, cute lil animal!!!
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kitty333221 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
so cute
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fluffydevil13 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
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FakerFakerLuvPower Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Dawwww
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bigtimerushLUV Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
adorablee
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LittleMiki2 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
d'awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!
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Elchanan Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work!:hug:
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LuckyWishes Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
o.o he need life alert.. x.x
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drawingfreak01 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
SUPER CUTENESSS ALERT!!

omgeee tht is soooo cute! <3
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jridel Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I believe you. that pup does look like it can't figure out how to roll over. ;)
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inuyashashippo123456 Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
awwwwwwwwwwwww
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AkiHannah Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student General Artist
aww how adorable! :3
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misshoneywoo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Student General Artist
awwwwwwwww soooooooooooooooooooo cute
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PollyVicious Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
OH MY GOSH.

I MUST GET ME ONE OF THOSE, I THINK MY FIANCE WOULD STOP LOVING ME AND LOVE THAT THOUGH
HAHAHA
THAT'S OKAY
WORTH IT TO HAVE IT IN OUR HOUSE <3 =P
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karlonne Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww so cute >.<
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princessFirefly Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
oh my gosh, that is the cutiest little puppy!
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Dewgonair Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Oh. My. Gee. It's so adorable!! :o
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DominaMoon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   General Artist
Awwww omg that's freaking adorable!
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Bupzy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student General Artist
EEEEEEE!!!! *continues to Swoon*
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eLFoxy Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I am in love, right now ! ♥ ;D
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adtemexi Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Adorable!!!
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tangololita Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student Artist
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwww:meow:
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Jesi00 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awww hes so adorable!!!!
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AngelaLich Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011   Digital Artist
This makes me smile every time I see it XD
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FailureByyDesign Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is adorable! And great trick you've got with creating your lighting :D that's such a great trick, and all your effort and hard work paid off! Kudos to you!
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mim304 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011   Photographer
Love those little tiny pink paws! :love: Just looking at this image makes me smile! :icongrin--plz:
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loonamydragon Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Unless you are breeding them, I'm going to stud my sire out when for University money when he is old enough. I will hopefully get him into the Kennel Club too. I've got a very small puppy and I would honestly jump in front of a car to save him, I don't care how long he lives, so long as he is happy. Good luck with the bitch and litter, I hope they remain healthy.
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